imageout.jpg2009 Festival program announced; first chance to purchase tickets Rochester, NY -- ImageOut, Upstate New York's longest running lesbian and gay film and video festival, is pleased to announce the 17th annual program lineup at the Festival Fair!  This is the first chance for the public to learn about this year's exciting Festival lineup and buy tickets prior to online sales.  The Fair is Tuesday, September 8th, 6:00-11:00 p.m., at the Rochester Museum and Science Center's Eisenhart Auditorium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester. This event is free and open to the public and local media are invited to interview programming, board and outreach committee members at the Fair. The Festival Fair offers the first look at this year's program, the opportunity to purchase tickets to the movies you want before they sell out, sneak peeks of upcoming Festival film trailers, and two great movies-Fruit Fly and Dream Boy--that you're not going to see anywhere else! This year's festival, which runs from October 9th to October 18th, will feature over 94 films shown in 4 venues in Rochester (The Little, Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, The Cinema and R.I.T).  With annual average attendance of over 10,000 people, ImageOut continues to draw diverse audiences from the Upstate New York region and beyond. The Festival Fair also offers the community the opportunity to interact with ImageOut committee members in programming, outreach, theatre operations and membership; committee members will be available at the Festival Fair to answer questions. ImageOut depends on volunteers for its ongoing success; learn about what the committees do to find out how you can help. There is still time to be a part of this year's Festival! ImageOut remains committed to keeping the Festival accessible. "The Board made a commitment not to increase ticket prices in this challenging economic environment, and for the third year in a row we have been able to do that," said Deanna Baker, co-chair of the Board of Directors.  Single ticket prices will range from $6 to $15. Two special screenings are a part of the Festival Fair: Fruit Fly at 6:00 p.m. and Dream Boy at 8:30 p.m. Fruit Fly (6:00 p.m. show) "Who doesn't secretly wish that life was one unending musical full of catchy songs that pepper the day?  Fruit Fly is the next best thing.  Pop to its core, H.P. Mendoza's directorial debut is a sparkling musical love letter to San Francisco.  Mendoza firmly grasps the helm in telling his story of Bethesda, a young performance artist in search of a career-and her birth mother.  Bethesda loves to hang out with her gay boy buddies.  She goes to the gay clubs, dances with her boys until the wee hours and sends them off to their tricks with a kiss on the cheek.  But don't call her a "fag hag"-Bethesda is a "Fruit Fly." Though it's tremendous fun, Mendoza's film is not without its serious moments.  The director's hidden some underlying messages in the music-which you're sure to be humming on your way out of the theatre." (Review by Scott Cranin, Philadelphia QFest) Dream Boy (8:30 p.m. show) "An official Berlin International Film Festival selection, Dream Boy, based on the best-selling novel by Jim Grimsley, chronicles the love story of two young country boys in rural Louisiana in the mid-70s.  More than just about good-looking teens and first love, the film also tackles the serious subject of sexual abuse and homophobia in the deep South, reminding us why we should appreciate the freedom that most of us have today." (Review by Michael Gamilla, ImageOut Programming Co-Chair) Advance tickets for Fruit Fly and Dream Boy are $5 each and available at Equal Grounds (750 South Avenue) and OUTlandish (274 North Goodman Street) or $6 at the door. ImageOut Fast Facts Tuesday, September 8th                        Festival Fair; first chance for ticket sales Friday, September, 11th                        Submission deadline for ImageArt Wednesday, September 16th*               Online ticket sales begin Friday, October 2nd                              ImageArt Gallery Opening; Visual Studies Wkshp. Saturday, October 3rd                           ImageArt Poetry Reading and Art Auction; MuCCC Thursday, October 8th                          Online Ticket Sales End Friday, October 9th - Sunday, October 18th                           17th Annual ImageOut Film and Video Festival *There will be four in-person sale dates during September; dates to be announced.             About ImageOut ImageOut is Upstate New York's longest running lesbian and gay film and video festival.  2009 marks the 17th Anniversary of ImageOut.   ImageOut informs, entertains, educates, and enriches filmgoers through the exhibition of film and videos by, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. ImageOut encourages lesbian and gay filmmakers, who, as a group, are rarely seen in mainstream media. It is an opportunity to record and preserve the stories and histories of LGBT lives and to foster collaborations and conversations to break down social and cultural barriers concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Follow ImageOut on the Web at Blog at    Twitter at Facebook:  ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival



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